One of the new series for the new school year can be found on Netflix. It is Ratched, the prequel to the film Cuckoo’s Nest, directed by Ryan Murphy and worn by Sarah Paulson.
Sarah Paulson on the show Ratched. Credit: Saeed Adyani Netflix
Ryan Murphy, creator of the series American Horror Story, American Crime True Story and Glee, is back in this autumn of 2020 with Ratched. Nurse Mildred Ratched, a mythical and authoritarian character alongside Randle Patrick McMurphy (played in the film by Jack Nicholson), has made many people pale. Her cold personality in an Oregon psychiatric hospital is staged in this eight-episode salvo on the Netflix platform.
This 1947 reading of the character explores Ratched’s complex personality, the secrets of the facility and the stories of staff and their patients.
Like American Horror Story (whose influence can be felt in the trailer), the series offers a heavy and heavy, almost horrifying atmosphere. While the light colours of the extravagant costumes contrast with the light and dark settings of the place. If the staging side proves to be quite promising, what about the motivations and characters?
Ratched, the origins of the character
Hollywood has an unfortunate tendency to recycle what once worked. And television is no exception. Adaptations of films into series or successful novels, the creators of series draw their inspiration from the past. Ratched is no exception to the rule.
However, as the Allociné site so aptly points out ” In reality, the association with the universe Flying over a cuckoo’s nest is not obvious at first glance.…warns the site. The creators of the series use this link more as a pretext to offer a tragedy about human nature, its dashed hopes, its unspoken desires and the inner conflict to bury the other face, the much-feared one. ». As if the main interest of the series was to offer an important female character at a time when they are often neglected in today’s television landscape.
On the other hand, we can expect a lot from the performance of Sarah Paulson, Ryan Murphy’s favourite actress. Accustomed to dark and intense roles, the actress follows in the footsteps of her original performer, Louis Fletcher, who has won acclaim and an Oscar for his mythical performance. Nonetheless, nothing to discourage the principal, as she told our 20-minute colleagues: “I’m not going to be discouraged. I reviewed the film before shooting. I hesitated because I thought, “Why should I have this probably perfect performance in mind?” […] It seemed a difficult task. And then I thought it would be disrespectful not to see him again… ». While for some fans of the original work, Louise Fletcher’s successor may seem impossible, Sarah Paulson makes an interesting point: ” It’s very rare as an actor to have the opportunity to have a performance that exists and to reverse engineer it, to be at the beginning and have the end in your mind. ».
The actress and Ryan Murphy therefore wanted to offer a nuanced vision of the character and to unfold his journey to try to understand the underside of his cold character. To succeed to Milos Forman’s work, released in 1975, is not an easy task. While waiting to be able to give you your own opinion as soon as it’s released on Friday, September 25, check out the trailer at the top of the article.